Check out my Washington Post column, The manipulation of Social Emotional Learning

Here’s A Narrated Version Of My Slide Deck On SEL & The Common Core

Q & A Collections: Student Motivation & Social Emotional Learning is the headline of one of my Education Week Teacher columns.It brings together links to all the columns on Student Motivation & Social Emotional Learning from the past six years!

Here are my choices for The Best Social Emotional Learning (SEL) Resources (I’m going to first start with sharing posts and resources from this blog, and then highlight several other sites):

You might want to visit the publishers website for my book, Helping Students Motivate Themselves. If you click on “sample chapters,” you’ll be able to get several lesson plans and hand-outs for free related to SEL.

Social Skills Training Report Is Even More Interesting Than I Thought… is a post on recent SEL research.

The Best Resources For Learning About Teens & Stress

The Best Resources On Helping Our Students Develop A “Growth Mindset”

The Best Resources For Learning About The Importance Of “Grit”

My Best Posts On Students Setting Goals

My Best Posts On “Motivating” Students

My Best Posts About Helping Students Develop Their Capacity For Self-Control

The Best Resources For Learning How To Best Give Feedback To Students

The Best Posts On Metacognition

The Best Summaries/Reviews Of Research On Social Emotional Learning – Let Me Know What I’ve Missed

The Best Articles About The Study Showing Social Emotional Learning Isn’t Enough

The Best Resources On “Gratitude”

The Best Ways To Use Stephen Curry & The Warriors For Teaching Social Emotional Learning Skills

The Best Resources For Learning About Mindfulness In The Classroom

The Best Resources On The Value Of Positive “Self-Talk”

The Best Resources On Students Having A “Purpose For Learning”

The Best Resources On Helping Students Make Good Decisions

The Best Resources On Student Agency & How To Encourage It

The Best Resources On Helping To Build Empathy In The Classroom – Help Me Find More

A Very, Very Beginning List Of The Best Resources On Bullying — Please Suggest More.

Now, for other resources:

Maurice Elias writes a great blog for Edutopia on SEL.

The Collaborative For Academic, Social and Emotional Learning has many resources.

Edutopia has a Social and Emotional Learning page.

Education Week also has a number of SEL resources.

Prof. James Heckman Says Adolescence Is Key Time To Teach (& Learn About) Self-Control & Perseverance (this post includes several useful videos)

Social and Emotional Learning Research Review is from Edutopia.

‘How Children Succeed’ — Q&A with Paul Tough is from The Washington Post.

Paul Tough on how children succeed. Hint: It’s not academics
is from Maclean’s.

The grit factor: hard to measure, hard to succeed without is from Ed Source.

Quote Of The Day: “Lifelines For Poor Children”

Teaching the Whole Child: Instructional Practices That Support Social-Emotional Learning in Three Teacher Evaluation Frameworks is a report from the American Institutes For Research.

Social-Emotional Programs Target Students’ Long-Term Behavior is from Education Week.

I’ve posted another three-part series in Ed Week about teaching character.

Socialization technique helps in academic achievement, trial study finds is from The Washington Post, and describes results from a study on using Social Emotional Learning in the classroom. Here’s more info on the same research.

Here’s One More Small Thing I’m Doing To Help Students See The Importance Of Social Emotional Learning

Who Gets To Graduate is by Paul Tough and appears in The New York Times. He raises many useful points, but misses others. Those “misses” are pointed out in a good response in The EduOptimists titled Doing What’s Easy: Comments on “Who Gets to Graduate?” IT echoes similar points I made in a Washington Post piece, The manipulation of Social Emotional Learning. Here’s an excerpt from The EduOptimists:

The unfortunate outcome of the focus on the research of these individuals is that policymakers and practitioners are being given further reason to view achievement gaps as the cognitive problems of individuals rather than the result of failures in the structures of our schools and societal policies.

Teach The Teachers Well is from The New York Times.

Integrating Social-Emotional Learning Into High School is from Ed Week.

New Study Reinforces Previous Ones Showing SEL Lessons Need To Be Short & Simple

VERY Interesting Info On The Results Of KIPP’s “Character Education” Program

“Character Education: A Cautionary Note”

Sacramento city schools focus on emotional learning is a Sacramento Bee story about our district’s SEL program, directed by the extraordinary Mai Xi Lee.

Q&A with Daniel Goleman: How the Research Supports Social-Emotional Learning is from Edutopia.

Two New Big SEL Studies – & Neither Are Particularly Useful

“Grit” Runs Amok In The New York Times

Frazz Teaches A Social Emotional Learning Lesson

Study: Conscientiousness + Curiosity = Academic Success

Maurice J. Elias has written a very useful article titled Social-emotional skills can boost Common Core implementation for Phi Delta Kappan. Unfortunately, if you’re not a subscriber, it costs $5, which I thought was worth paying.

New Study Finds Value In Social Emotional Learning

Somewhat Odd NY Times Column On Social Emotional Learning

No, No, No! Grading Students On Grit & Gratitude Comes To Our Area

“” Has Some Very Good SEL-Related Video Clips

Ways To Prioritize Social Emotional Learning Without Grading It

Important New Study: No Child Left Behind Hurts Long-Term Student Success

With Friends Like David Brooks, Social Emotional Learning Doesn’t Need Any Enemies

New Social Emotional Learning (SEL) Resources

This Looks Like A Pretty Important Stanford Report On Social Emotional Learning

Nothing New In New “Top 20 Principles from Psychology for Teaching,” But Still Very Useful

A Cornucopia Of Useful Social Emotional Learning Resources

Boy, There Are Sure A Lot Of Numbers To Mull Over In This NY Times Column…

New Social Emotional Learning Skills Resources

New Federal Grant Aims to Help Schools Boost Noncognitive Skills is from Ed Week.

Urban Districts Embrace Social-Emotional Learning is also from Ed Week.

“Control Your Destiny”: Positive Self-Talk, Students & Stephen Curry

Here are some useful resources connecting Social Emotional Learning with Common Core Standards:

Social and emotional learning gaining new focus under Common Core is a very useful and interesting article published by Ed Source.

How Are Social-Emotional Learning and the Common Core Connected? is by Maurice Elias.

Social-emotional skills can boost Common Core implementation is also by Maurice Elias.

Teaching The Whole Child

How to Integrate Social-Emotional Learning into Common Core is from The Greater Good Science Center.

Integrating Social Emotional Curricula and the Common Core is from Inside the Classroom, Outside The Box.

Webinar: Social-Emotional Learning Integrated with Academic Literacy Equals Secondary Students’ Common Core Success is from WestEd.

Webinar Recording: Where Does Resiliency Fit in the Common Core? is from ScholarCentric.

Resiliency Key to Students’ Success in Common Core is from the same group.

Survey Suggests Social and Emotional Learning Has Staked a Claim in Schools is from Ed Week.

Does This Big New Study On The Importance Of Social Skills Become A New “Marshmallow Test”?

Good NY Times Column On Social Emotional Learning This Morning

I was looking for short videos that give good introductions to Social Emotional Learning, and am adding these two to this list:

Statistic Of The Day: What Character Strengths Predict Well-Being?

Instead Of High School Exit Exams For Civics, Study Suggests SEL Programs Would Be Better Way To Go

Mindset Scholars Network Website Is Key New Resource For Social Emotional Learning

New Study Finds Academic Benefits To Social Emotional Learning

Study Finds Teachers Whose Students Achieve High Test Scores Often Don’t Do As Well With SEL Skills

To Measure What Tests Can’t, Some Schools Turn To Surveys is from NPR. I’m skeptical.

Learning soft skills in childhood can prevent harder problems later is from a California public radio station.

Another Study Shows Limitations Of Standardized Tests For Teacher Evaluations

NY Times Reports On Social Emotional Learning Run Amok

Tap Ed Tech to Improve Social-Emotional Learning, Report Urges is from Ed Week.

When Social and Emotional Learning Is Key to College Success is from The Atlantic.

Mai Xi Lee has done a tremendous job working with schools in our district to implement Social Emotional Learning.

In this video, you’ll hear what it looks like (and, you’ll see a few clips of me and my classroom 🙂 ):

Why Don’t Students Take Social-Emotional Learning Home? is from Greater Good.

Research Says / The X Factor in College Success is from ASCD Educational Leadership.

Is There ‘Summer Melt’ for Social-Emotional Learning, Too? is from Ed Week.

Scholars: Better Gauges Needed for ‘Mindset,’ ‘Grit’ is from Ed Week.

Students Help Design Measures of Social-Emotional Skills is from Ed Week.

Is “Emotional Granularity” The Next SEL Skill To Teach?

Paul Tough Puts Free Interactive Version Of His New Book Online

Inner Drive has some fabulous SEL-related infographics. You can see them all here.

16 simple social skills that will make you more likable is a great piece from Business Insider. I think it would be a good one to share with students.

Social-Emotional Learning: States Collaborate to Craft Standards, Policies is from Ed Week, and has me – and others – a bit concerned. Here’s a tweet voicing my doubts, too:


How Poverty Affects The Brain is from Newsweek.

How to Bring SEL to Students with Disabilities is from Greater Good.

Commission Formed to Advance Schools’ Focus on Social, Emotional Development is from Ed Week.

Commission Formed to Advance Schools’ Focus on Social, Emotional Development is from Ed Week. Ed Source has an article on the same topic.

Should SEL Skills Start Including An Explicit Focus On “Conscientiousness”?

Emotion, Sociality, and the Brain’s Default Mode Network meanders a bit, but provides many research insights into Social Emotional Learning.

Creating Healthy Schools: Ten Key Ideas for the SEL and School Climate Community is from The American Institutes For Research.

Nonprofit Receives $1M Grant to Help Support Social, Emotional Learning is from Ed Week.

The Last Two World Series Champions Emphasized Social Emotional Learning Skills

When Districts Support and Integrate Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) is a report from The American Institutes For Research.

How are districts measuring progress on SEL? is from Education Dive.

Why Social and Emotional Skills Are Vital to Keep At-Risk Students on Track is from MindShift.

On the Interpretation of Non-Cognitive Skills: What Is Being Measured and Why It Matters is a useful research paper. Thanks to Paul Bruno for the tip.

Grading Soft Skills: The Brookings Soft Skills Report Card is from Education Next. It raises some interesting points, though I don’t agree with all of them.

The Year of Conquering Negative Thinking is from The New York Times.

Seven Facts on Noncognitive Skills from Education to the Labor Market looks very interesting. It’s from The Hamilton Project.

Guest Post: Refugee Students Need SEL and More to Thrive

The Social Emotional Learning Effect is from The Atlantic.

What Does It Take to Climb Up the Ladder? is from The New York Times.

ASCD summarizes a recent study on the economic benefits of SEL:

Across all six programs, the study found that “identified benefits outweigh the costs by a factor of 11:1.”

Do Messages About Social-Emotional Learning Harm Students of Color? is from Education Week.

AERA: Measuring Persistence and Self-Control Through Tasks, Not Tests is from Education Week.

The Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning, or CASEL, just launched a monster compilation of SEL resources. You can also read more about it at Ed Week.

The Wallace Foundation has come out with a big report on SEL programs in elementary schools. You can also read an article about it at Ed Source.

Reviewing Social and Emotional Learning for ESSA: MOOSES, not Parrots is by Robert Slavin.

The National Association Of State Boards of Education has released a policy update on Social Emotional Learning.

New National Academies Of Science Report Identifies Three Qualities Key To Student Success

No, No, No! Do Not Grade SEL Skills!

Education Week has published a special report on Social Emotional Learning. Take particular note of the article Is Social-Emotional Learning Really Going to Work for Students of Color?’ by Dena Simmons.


Study Finds That Social Emotional Learning Has Long-Lasting Effects

Understanding social and emotional learning: a quick guide is from Ed Source.

I’m skeptical, but CASEL has created a new website about measuring SEL skills.

Building a Modern Marshmallow Test: New Ways to Measure Social-Emotional Learning is from Ed Week.

Social and Emotional Learning for English Learners is from New America.

A new study finds that students who experienced Social Emotional skills training were more likely to vote than others. Read about it in Researchers Accidentally Found One Way to Help Kids Grow Up to Be Voters.

A different new study found other positive results:

Comparing students who participated in SEL programs to those who didn’t, the results showed significant benefits that persisted from one to nearly four years afterward.

Quiz Yourself: How Much Do You Know About Social-Emotional Learning is from Ed Week.

No State Will Measure Social-Emotional Learning Under ESSA. Will That Slow Its Momentum? is from Ed Week.

More Studies Finding That If Educators Are Good At Raising Test Scores, They’re Might Be Missing The Boat With Other Skills

The Power of Being Seen is from Edutopia.

Social and Emotional Learning and Traditionally Underserved Populations is a report from The American Youth Policy Forum.

Should noncognitive measures be used for teacher accountability? is from Brookings.

Principals Like Social-Emotional Learning. Here’s Why Schools Struggle With It is from Ed Week.

New Study Demonstrates – Again – The Importance Of SEL For Ninth-Graders

Alabama proves that if schools don’t intervene, racist youth grow up to be racist adults is by Andre Perry. Here’s how he ends it:

The framing of the achievement gap ignores critical competencies that every student must demonstrate, and it also doesn’t reward those who have exhibited proficiency. This is where SEL advocates must show how schools can evaluate cross-cultural awareness and gender sensitivity. At the state, district and school level, we need curricula and programs that hold students to a high standard of appropriate social behavior — something that holds them accountable before they make it so close to Capitol Hill.

Supporting the Whole Teacher  is a report from the Aspen Institute and “discusses the benefits of focused efforts to address teachers’ understanding of the social and emotional dimensions of learning and provides examples of programs across the country that have found success in providing this support to teachers.”


Learning How to Measure Social and Emotional Learning is from Future Ed.

Great Infographic: “You’re Hired: The Skills Employers Seek in New Hires”

I have issues with lots of ideas on how to measure SEL. There’s More to Life than Test Scores: Measuring Social and Emotional Skills to Support Student Success has some decent ideas, though I’d be very selective.

Social and Emotional Learning Interventions Under the Every Student Succeeds Act is from Rand.

Ed Week has begun a new blog titled Learning Is Social and Emotional.

Enacting Social-Emotional Learning: Practices and Supports Employed in CORE Districts and Schools is from PACE.

Every Teacher Interested In SEL Should Read This Report On Its Connection To Racial Equity

Feedback and/or Additional suggestions are always welcome.

Here’s a useful video, and you can find related resources here:

Social and Emotional Learning for All: Access, Cultural Proficiency, and Cultural Responsiveness is from The Massachusetts Department of Education.

Emerging Insights from States’ Efforts to Strengthen Social and Emotional Learning is from CASEL.

Applying an Equity Lens to Social, Emotional, and Academic Development is from Pennsylvania State University.

‘Find Your Passion’ Is Awful Advice is from the Atlantic.

Stanford research shows that students do better on tests when teachers face down their math demons is from Quartz.

Want To Become Extremely Successful? Do These 13 Things Every Day. is an article that might be interesting to have students read….


Lessons from the first round of the Mindsets & the Learning Environment Initiative is from The Mindset Scholars Network.

Schools Should Teach (and Measure) ‘Soft Skills,’ Parents and Educators Agree is from Ed Week.

New Report from Gallup and NWEA: Assessing Soft Skills is from NWEA.

Research Matters / SEL: Getting the “Other Stuff” Right is by Bryan Goodwin.

Survey: Students Say Schools Don’t Give Them Skills They Need to Succeed After Graduation is an Ed Week article about a new report on Social Emotional Learning.

Resources to Support Social-Emotional Learning is from Ed Week.

The California Board Of Education just released a Guide of Social Emotional Learning Resources.

Social-Emotional Learning Competencies Get a Boost from Classroom Technology is from Ed Tech.

Empathy and Resilience, Responsibility and Self-Care: Resources for Social and Emotional Learning From The New York Times is from The NY Times Learning Network.

Set Social-Emotional Learning Benchmarks to Guide Efforts, Commission Recommends is from Ed Week.

Social and Emotional Learning: From Theory to Practice is from the Education Writers Association.

Integrating Social, Emotional, and Academic Development (SEAD): An Action Guide for School Leadership Teams is from The University of Chicago.

Why We Can’t Afford Whitewashed Social-Emotional Learning is by Dena Simmons.

Making SEL More Relevant to Teens is from Edutopia.

Dena Simmons: Without Context, Social-Emotional Learning Can Backfire is from EdSurge.

RAND reports on how educators view social and emotional learning is from The American Enterprise Institute.

How to Be Happy appeared in The NY Times.

Weaving SEL Into Our Classroom Questioning appeared in Middleweb.

CENTERING EDUCATORS’ EXPERTISE: Learning About Innovative Approaches to Social-Emotional Learning from School Partners in the Boston Charter Research Collaborative is from Transforming Education.

A review of instruments for measuring social and emotional learning skills among secondary school students is from The Department of Education.

Do Classroom Environments Matter for Noncognitive Aspects of Student Performance and Students’ Course Grades? is from UChicago Consortium on School Research.

Students Who Can Manage Their Emotions Do Better in School, Large Scale Study Finds is from Ed Week.

How much do schools and educators impact students’ social-emotional learning? is from PACE.

SOCIAL EMOTIONAL LEARNING & EQUITY is from The National Equity Project.

Defining Social-Emotional Learning is from Harvard.

Making SEL Culturally Competent is from Edutopia.

New Sections on Social Emotional Learning and Attendance in Evidence for ESSA! is from Robert Slavin.

Study: Boosting soft skills is better than raising test scores is from The Hechinger Report.

School-Based Practices for the 21st Century: Noncognitive Factors in Student Learning and Psychosocial Outcomes is a new research paper.

The Restorative Power of Ritual is from The Harvard Business Review.

Social, Emotional, and Academic Development Through an Equity Lens is from The Educational Trust.

Back to School is from This American Life.

Linking Social-Emotional Learning to Long-Term Success is from Education Next.

Connecting SEL to Academic Outcomes appeared in Edutopia.

CASEL Is Updating the Most Widely Recognized Definition of Social-Emotional Learning. Here’s Why is from The 74.

A Fuller Picture of What a ‘Good’ School Is is from Edutopia.

When SEL is Used as Another Form of Policing is from the Communities For Just Schools Fund.

What we do and don’t know about kindness is from The BBC.

5 Strategies for Teaching SEL to Teenagers (Downloadable) is from Ed Week.

Engaging Students in Personally Meaningful SEL is from ASCD.

Social-Emotional Learning Works. But It Cannot Replace Mental Illness Care. is from Ed Surge.

In ‘social-emotional learning,’ right sees more critical race theory is from The Washington Post.

How School Leaders Can Respond to Pushback Over Social-Emotional Learning is from Ed Week.

How social-emotional learning became a target for Ron DeSantis and conservatives is from NPR.

Creating a Supportive SEL Forum for English Learner Lesson Contributions is from Language Magazine.

As Terms Like ‘SEL’ Draw Fire, Organizations Supporting Schools Sharpen Their Message is from Ed Week.

Want to Support English-Learners? Prioritize SEL, New Study Finds is from Ed Week.

Demystifying Social-Emotional Learning and the Controversy Surrounding It is from EdSurge.

Why We Need to Have More Critical Conversations About Social and Emotional Learning is an important article from EdSurge.

4 Ways to Build Social-Emotional Skills for English Learners is from Education Week.

School Districts Need New SEL Support for Older Students, Report Finds is from Ed Week.

Social and Emotional Skills of Students in the Houston Independent School District (Briefs 2-5) is from Rice University.

Integrated SEL Instruction in Secondary Classrooms is from ASCD.


SEL From Bell to Bell in Middle and High School is from Edutopia.

New Study: Schools Prioritizing Social-Emotional Learning See Strong Academic Benefits is from The 74.


Are Students On Track?: Comparing the Predictive Validity of Administrative and Survey Measures of Cognitive and Noncognitive Skills for Long-Term Outcomes is a new study that I’m not sure I completely understand, but it does have a lot of interesting info in it.

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